Help us tell Delta that Pets Are Not Products!

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Pets Are Not Products

You did it! You wrote letters. You demonstrated. You spoke for the animals that suffer in breeding mills and the City of Vancouver listened.

On June 28, 2017 Vancouver City Council voted unanimously to ban the retail sale of cats, dogs and rabbits. Vancouver now joins the City of New Westminster (cats, dogs and rabbits) and Richmond (dogs and rabbits), along with over 200 cities across the United States and Canada that are taking a stand against this inhumane business practice.

And now, we want Delta to ban the retail sale of puppies, kittens and rabbits. Over the years, we have heard many stories of sick puppies purchased from Puppies, Fish and Critters and we want the suffering to stop!

Let your voice be heard. Send a letter to Mayor Jackson and Council and ask them to ban the retail sale of cats, dogs and rabbits. You can find an online sample letter here or Word document here.

Your emails made a difference in Vancouver—it’s time to let Delta know Pets Are Not Products.

Send an email to all: Delta City Councillors

You can also mail your letter to:
4500 Clarence Taylor Crescent, Delta, BC V4K 3E2

We worked very hard to get a ban in Vancouver, and we were successfully because of you! Let’s keep fighting!

Keeping pets with their families and saving lives

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We keep pets with their families. We keep pets out of the shelters. We save lives.

Our Roxy’s Relief program provides support to homeless and low income pet guardians so they can receive critical veterinary care for their pet. Their pet is often their one constant companion in an otherwise isolated life. By helping their pets get veterinary care, guardians do not have to consider surrendering them to a shelter, and sometimes—this veterinary care saves a life.

Pets get to stay with their guardians

We first met Pazuzu when he and his brother Cane came to our One Health pilot project—a partnership with Community Veterinary Outreach.

After the free clinic, the brothers were neutered through our SpayAid BC program.


A few months later we received a call from Pazuzu’s mom. Pazuzu had accidentally ingested rat poison and was in urgent need of emergency veterinary care.

We arranged for Pazuzu to go to Scottsdale Veterinary Clinic. This was the worst case of poisoning they had seen, and doctors and staff worked around the clock to save his life.

A life saved

After four days, he was well enough to go home but would have to return over the next couple of months for blood tests to ensure his organs were functioning well.

This week we received an email from his mom and are delighted to hear that Pazuzu is doing excellent, enjoying life and taking time to stop and smell the flowers!

Youth and their pets

We know from McCreary Centre Society’s research, “Connections and Companionship: The health of BC youth with pets, the bond between marginalized youth and their pet is often a very significant aspect of their life—one that encourages healthy decision-making such as attending school and being physically active. Helping young people and their pets improves the lives of both the youth and their furry companion. Healthy pets creates healthy communities.

We can only do this because of you. When you give, animals get the help they need. When you give, a life is saved.

Donate today and a pet just like Pazuzu will get a second chance.

Making cruelty-free choices everyday

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This month we are promoting our Cruelty Free BC campaign with a contest to encourage people to purchase cosmetics, household and pet products that have not been tested on animals. It’s also important to make sure the ingredients for these products have also not been tested on animals. When you take the pledge this month, you enter to win one of many great product sets from local certified cruelty-free companies.

We all lead busy lives and many of us don’t give much thought when shopping for groceries or toiletries that what we are purchasing could be supporting animal cruelty in some way. Thankfully it is increasingly easier to make cruelty free choices. While our Cruelty Free BC campaign focuses on cosmetics, household and pet products, we advocate for the humane treatment of all animals and encourage people to be conscious of where their food comes from. From groceries, to cosmetics, pet grooming and cleaning products, these are a few recommendations I find helpful for making cruelty-free choices easier every day.

  • Buy meat from organic local farmers who raise their animals in open pastures to support our communities and help fight factory farms.
  • Buy organic eggs that come from farms that allow their hens to roam in their natural environment.
  • When purchasing toiletries, cleaning products and cosmetics, be aware of companies that conduct animal testing or have grey policies when it comes to being cruelty free.
  • There are so many great certified cruelty-free brands out there. Sephora carries several high end cruelty-free brands including some of my personal favourites; Becca Cosmetics (best highlighter), Anastasia Beverly Hills (best contour pallet) and Too Faced (best mascara).
    For drug store brands Wet N Wild, Marcelle, Hard Candy and e.l.f. are all cruelty-free choices.
    Even your doggie grooming goods can be cruelty-free and local with great products from Black Sheep Organics.
    Lastly, don’t forget about cruelty-free household cleaning products, one of my favourites is Nellie’s All Natural —a local BC company.

    In Canada and the U.S. all that is required for a company to label their products cruelty-free is to have the final product not be tested on animals, regardless of whether all of the individual ingredients have been tested on animals. With little regulation on cruelty-free labeling in Canada and the U.S., it can be difficult to know if the product you are buying is genuinely cruelty-free. Products that have been certified cruelty-free by a third party, such as Leaping Bunny or PETA are the best way to know you are purchased a cruelty-free products. Beagle Freedom Project’s Cruelty-Cutter app helps take the guess work out it. All you have to do is scan a product when shopping to ensure that you are making a cruelty-free choice. The app also has a new feature that tells you if a brand is part of a larger parent organization that may support testing. With this app making cruelty-free choices in your everyday life is easier than ever!

    Join us this month and make a Pledge to Shop Cruelty Free to Win with the Animals, and you will be entered to win some great local cruelty-free products, like AG Hair products!

    Jeannette Hill

    Cruelty Free BC Pledge

    Help Us Tell the City of Vancouver that Pets Are Not Products!

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    We believe that Pets Are Not Products.

    Our goal is to end the retail sale of pets which, in turn, will help put an end to inhumane breeding mills. In the past, our attempts to engage with the City of Vancouver about this issue have been met with silence or resistance. But we have some good news! We wrote to the City last February (see full letter here), and, after some haranguing, one City Councillor has finally agreed to meet with us! On May 24, Kathy Powelson, our Executive Director, and three Board members will meet with Councillor Andrea Reimer at City Hall. We will present our case to Councillor Reimer as to why Vancouver should ban the retail sale of pets and hope to gain her support. Things are happening, and, while it is very exciting, it means we need your support now more than ever. Now is the time to speak up!

    Please take a moment to complete our brief survey –it is so quick and easy!. Even better, take a few minutes to write to Councillor Reimer ( or your Neighbourhood Councillor Liaison (which you can find here, and tell him/her that you support a ban on the sale of pets in stores. Thank you in advance for your support – we truly could not do what we do without you. Stay tuned for the outcome of our meeting with the City!

    Other ways you can help

    This week only – buy a limited edition Pets Are Not Products tee! Check out the awesome selections here.

    Share this post and challenge your friends to write City Council.

    Let’s speak up for the voiceless! Together we can make a difference.

    Rhianydd Bellis

    Going Cruelty Free: Cheryl’s reviews

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    The process of transforming your household into a cruelty free one takes times, but with more and more available certified cruelty free products, it is achievable. Recently, we asked Cheryl, our Volunteer Coordinator, to share some of her favourite products with us.


    I was always aware that a lot of beauty products were tested on animals, but I never gave it much thought when making my purchases. I assumed that some of the products I purchased were cruelty free, either from what I saw in advertisements, or because the product was labeled cruelty free. When I started volunteering with Paws for Hope, I learned that the labeling requirement in North America make it difficult to know if you are purchasing a product that is genuinely cruelty free, because the only requirement is that the final product not be tested on animals. As a result, many products labeled cruelty free have ingredients in them that have been tested on animals. The one way to be sure your products, and their ingredients are truly cruelty free is to make sure they are certified by a third party organization. The two most prominent certifying organizations are Leaping Bunny and PETA.

    Recently I made the decision to replace each of my personal care items with cruelty free products. There is no reason to purchase a product that is tested on animals when comparable, and often better quality cruelty free products are available.

    Beagle Freedom Project’s Cruelty Cutter app is very helpful for this endeavour. Using its barcode scanning feature, you can look up a product quickly to find out if its certified cruelty free. Unfortunately, when you are looking for more than one product that is cruelty free it can be time consuming to use the app. This becomes apparent pretty quickly when shopping in big chain stores since most of the products are not cruelty free.

    Finding the right product takes time. When switching your household products to 100% cruelty free ones do not expect it to happen over night. Give yourself the time to find replacement products that you are truly happy with. As I mentioned, you will likely find products that are even better quality than the animal tested products you were accustomed to.

    Below are personal reviews of products I have tried. I hope you find them helpful!

    Dermologica is expensive but some of their products are worth it. The Essential Cleansing Solution is mositurizing, so much so you almost feel like you could skip applying moisturizer. The Precleanse is great for removing make-up, especially mascara. The Skin Perfect Primer is fantastic. It’s nice and provides light coverage (no need for foundation). The Skin Hydrating Masque leaves your face feeling soft and the rice exfoliant makes it feel smooth. One of the products that did not work for me was the Daily Gel Cleanser. It left my skin feeling too dry afterwards.

    Marc Anthony hair products and lotions are reasonably priced. I like all of the hair products I’ve tried so far. For me personally, the volumizing line worked well, whereas the moisturizing line was a bit too heavy for my fine hair. The Hydrating Coconut Oil & Shea Butter Volume hairspray smells great, but unfortunately the hairsprays only seem to come in aerosol. The Hydrating Coconut Oil & Shea Butter and Moisturizing Shea Butter & Marula Oil have nice scents, although I prefer something that moisturizes a little better. These might be good lotions for summer time.

    Burt’s Bees facial products are a good economical option. I like the Radiance eye cream and Brightening face cream, but wasn’t impressed with the Deep Pore Scrub. When it comes to exfoliators, I prefer one with smaller “beads.” I am not fond of the scent in the Coco & Cupuacu Butters body lotion, but it did work well for dry skin. The Lip Shine gloss is nice and lightweight.

    Kevin Murphy hair products are expensive but I love them. The Angel Wash shampoo for coloured hair doesn’t lather much (like most expensive shampoos I’ve tried), but your hair feels clean. The Anti Gravity Spray weightless hairspray lives up to its name. Both of these products have lovely scent. I found the scent in the purse-sized Session Spray Strong Hold Finishing Spray hairspray to be a bit too strong, and it only comes in aerosol.

    Another great thing about Kevin Murphy is the environmental packaging. Having rectangular bottles means no bubble wrap!

    European Soaps’ bar soap is not dehydrating and it lasts a long time. So far, I like the coconut scented one the best. There is an exfoliating bar but I found it to be a little too much for my liking (ouch!).

    I prefer the Method nourishing hand wash over the regular. Method products are reasonably priced and they offer large refills of the regular liquid soap.

    Tarte mascara: Lights, Camera, Flashes is good. It lengthens, and thickens and even curls lashes a bit. It is a good choice for a more natural look. I also find Tarte’s mascaras don’t tend to flake. The Skinny smolder eyes eyeliner, includes a smudging sponge and stays put after application. But it only seems to go on thick.

    Too Faced make-up line had a fantastic mascara called Lashgasm. It didn’t smudge, wasn’t flaky and provided a natural look. But I can no longer find it at Sephora. I tried their Better Than Sex mascara but found it too thick/clumpy and it flakes quite a bit.

    Tom’s of Maine antiperspirant worked well, but… it was supposed to be unscented, but whatever replaced the usual scents was not a scent I liked. I’m still looking for a good cruelty free option for this item.

    Body Fantasies vanilla body spray’s scent is a little too strong. I still like it, but just use it sparingly.

    My skin is very dry right now and George’s Special Dry Skin Cream is doing the trick. It’s a bit greasy when you apply it, and takes some extra time to soak in, but it works really well.

    Lastly, Salt Spring Soapworks’ sparkling rhubarb bubble bath smells absolutely wonderful!

    I hope you find this helpful and enjoy some of these cruelty free products if you decide to give them a try! If you would like to share with us some of your favourite products, join the conversation on our Facebook page.

    Cheryl B

    The imperfect animal advocate

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    When you work or volunteer in animal rescue you often feel like you bare the brunt of other people’s poor and/or selfish decisions. A common conversation among animal rescuers is the ridiculous reasons people have given when surrendering their pet. In fact, just this past Christmas we published a post that discussed this very issue. And I think many of us, at some point in our career, will experience a sense of martyrdom. We are picking up people’s messes. We are saving the abused and neglected. We are speaking on behalf of the voiceless. If not us, than no one.

    Because of this degree of responsibility many of us feel to protect and advocate for animals we place unreasonable expectations on ourselves. But we are human, and we cannot fix everything. There are issues and problems that are simply beyond our control. Recently I was faced with this and through this experience I learned some valuable lessons.

    When Molly’s profile appeared on Facebook, my partner and I were immediately drawn to her sweet face. A victim of a divorce, Molly, at no fault of her own, ended up at the shelter. She was a young shepherd mix who lived with children. The perfect dog for us and our four year old daughter. I sent a note to my contact at the shelter and ask if they could cat test her, and both times she was introduced to a cat at the shelter she did not react. Perfect. Molly was perfect. We brought our daughter to the shelter to meet her and she was amazing. We filled out an adoption application, and two days later we were informed that we were approved.

    Molly and I leaving the shelter

    We were beyond excited, and I went to the shelter first thing the next morning to get her. Stopped by the pet store on the way home to buy her everything she would need to be comfortable in her new home. When we arrived at home our senior chihuahua was not phased by her presence, our cat Cinnibar was not that impressed and while on leash Molly appeared a bit interested but nothing that caused me to be concerned. Everything was perfect.

    Molly and Chili meeting

    Until Cinnibar moved.

    Molly’s high prey drive kicked in and chaos ensued. I was not prepared for this in any way, and luckily Cinnibar was able to find safety on our daughter’s top bunk bed. Over the next few days, upon advice from many colleagues and friends I implemented a number of controls and routines to keep Cinnibar safe and provide opportunities to try to work on Molly’s prey drive. It didn’t work. Molly was the most amazing dog in EVERY OTHER ASPECT. She knew commands and followed them. She walked well on a leash. She was active, yet very relaxed. She was so good with our daughter. She was good with our small dog and even tried to instigate play.

    But she wanted to eat our cat.

    How could I return her? In addition to falling madly in love with her, I felt this internalized pressure that because of my work with Paws for Hope I had to make this work. What would it say about me if I couldn’t make it work and had to return her to the shelter? I would be a hypocrite wouldn’t I?


    Management control

    Key to improving the lives of animals is making sure they are in the right home, and it doesn’t automatically follow that when you fall in love with an animal that you are the perfect home for them. We could have kept Molly and made arrangements to manage the situation with crates and gates (which we initially did), but not only is this unfair to the animal who is confined, if the behaviour does not change, the situation could potentially end in disaster. Tragic stories of when management ended in disaster were also shared with me.

    And what if we changed the perception of returns? When I shared my experience with Sheila Koukan, manager at Best Friends Society’s NKLA Pet Adoption Center her response provided an important perspective, and helped me understand that I would not be failing Molly by returning her to the shelter.

    It’s important to change the perception of returns. We want what is best for the animal and the adopters. At least returns allow us to learn more about the animals and find them the right home moving forward.

    And she’s right. Now, the shelter knows Molly absolutely cannot live with cats. They also now know that she is good with small dogs, does very well with structure and needs her daily walks.

    Finally, perhaps the most important lesson was giving myself permission to not be a martyr. Next to raising my daughter, advocating for the welfare of animals is the most important thing in my life. I have worked day and night over the past six years to make Paws for Hope into a credible organization that will make a meaningful and sustainable difference in animal welfare. Admitting that I would not be the one who would give this shelter dog a second chance at life felt like the biggest failure. But in fact, I would have failed Molly if I did not return her to the shelter to give her the opportunity to be raised by the perfect family for her. A family with no cats. A house where she could therefore roam freely. I would have also failed Cinnibar, by creating an environment that would cause her ongoing stress. One where she could no longer run and play. One controlled by the presence of another. And as many of my colleagues reminded me, Cinnibar has to come first.

    This experience showed me the best of the animal welfare community. When we were in management mode, there was an army of rescue folks ready to help in anyway, and when we accepted that we were not the right home for Molly and made the decision to return her, that same army was there to support me. Sharing my experience publicly also seemed to give people permission to share their stories of adoptions or rehomings that did not work. Some admitting that, like me, they felt so ashamed because of the work they do, they never told anyone.

    Cinnibar enjoying the return of her freedom

    Accepting that there are limits in what we are capable of is essential to helping animals effectively. When we take on too much we may do more harm than good. Because of lack of funding and government political will to make animal welfare a priority, the system often operates in crisis mode. To respond effectively and to make meaningful steps to move towards a more sustainable animal welfare system we need to know and work within our limits.

    And Molly? Twenty-four hours after being back at the shelter she has gone home with her perfect family.

    Kathy Powelson
    Executive Director

    A message from our Founder and Executive Director

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    It’s the early morning of the last day of 2016 and as I reflect on the year we have had, I wanted to reach out to thank you for your ongoing support and commitment to improving the lives of companion animals in BC.

    The inspiration to start Paws for Hope was based on the realization that while there are many amazing organizations doing incredible life saving work, our animal welfare system as a whole is broken and for the most part, those on the front lines are only able to respond to crises. Thus, our founding Board of Directors came together to create an organization that could serve as an umbrella organization to support and enhance the work that is currently being done and to fill in the gaps where necessary.

    Each year since we founded in 2011 has been an exciting year of growth. This past year, however, has been particularly exciting. We published “A Snapshot of Companion Animal Welfare in BC“, which summarized the results of two online surveys. One survey, “Animal Welfare and Rescue Work” was a 24 question survey for members of the general public. The other survey, “Animal Welfare and Rescue in BC” was a 41
    question survey designed specifically for those working directly with animal welfare and rescue. This report is what led us to our work creating the Animal Welfare Advisory Network of BC, which will serve to enable organizations to work together to fund and implement regional and/or provincial strategies to address challenges associated with pet abandonment, abuse, and overpopulation. Thanks to a generous grant from the Vancouver Foundation, we will be able to make the Network a priority in 2017.

    Our work supporting homeless and low income pet guardians continues to be a major focus for us, We have seen tremendous growth in the number of pets we see at our clinics and those that we are able to provide financial support to for emergency lifesaving care and treatment over the years. We funded a first of its kind research report, “Connections and Companionship: the health of BC youth with pets“. This research conducted by the McCreary Centre Society demonstrated the important role that pets play in the lives of young people, and the barriers that youth at risk with pets can face. We were very excited to partner with Ottawa’s Veterinary Community Outreach, UBC Nursing School, Vancouver Coastal Health and Directions Youth Services to pilot BC’s first One Health clinic. Our intention is to continue to advocate for the significance of the human/animal bond and we will continue to play a leading role in providing an evidence based approach to supporting vulnerable populations.

    Our Pets Are Not Products campaign was refreshed with a new look and an online toolkit to support community members to mobilize for change at municipal and provincial level. Each year pets are purchased as Christmas gifts and many are ultimately surrendered and abandoned. In an effort to put an end to this, our annual Christmas campaign created powerful messages that reinforce the lifetime commitment that comes with having a pet.

    Your generosity has made all of this possible. Thank you for such a great year!

    This coming year holds a lot of promise. We have a talented board of directors, committed volunteers and community partners and we have you. Let’s make 2017 the best year yet.

    From all of us at Paws for Hope and on behalf of all the animals saved, Happy New Year.

    Kathy Powelson

    Paws for Hope Animal Foundation is a BC animal welfare charity dedicated to creating sustainable animal welfare and purposeful animal protection in British Columbia.
    Our work is possible because of your support. Your donations make a difference in lives of companion animals


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    Instead of buying a dog, cat, or other furry critter for kids and other loved ones this season, consider these great (and humane) ideas for spreading animal-loving joy.

    1. Donate
      Thousands of pets are surrendered after the holidays when the thrill wears off and end up in cages at rescue organizations and shelters across the province. When you donate to Paws For Hope, we distribute funds to partner organizations that need it most. We’ll even send you a card to gift to your friends and family, should you want to make a donation on their behalf.
    1. Volunteer
      Animals love to be loved! And shelter animals, while well taken care of by shelter staff, don’t always get as much individual love and care as an animal needs to thrive. Call up your favourite organization and give some time to some four-legged furballs in need.
    1. Foster an animal
      If you’re not ready for a full-time new furry family member, several organizations use foster homes as interim stable environments for dogs, cats, and rabbits before they find their forever home. If you have time, space, and love to gift, fostering might be a great idea. Here are a few things to consider before fostering.
    1. Hang out with your friend’s pet
      Pet owners LOVE friends who they can trust to cat sit or dog sit (or bunny sit or guinea pig sit…). You give the gift of a weekend of freedom to your friend and you get the gift of fabulous four-legged love. It’s win-win.
    1. Visit Catfe
      If you live in downtown Vancouver and cats steal your heart, visit the Catfe. Coffee + rescue cats all in one place. A purrrr-fect combo.
    1. Gift an animal adoption kit
      Instead of buying a pet for someone, buy them an adoption kit instead. A basket full of goodies—collar, water bowls, food, treats, leash, etc. So when they’re ready, they can start to look for the right pet for them at the right time. Wildebeest has a great starter kit for $69 USD.
    1. Take your passion to the streets & raise awareness
      If you’re keen on getting your hands dirty and sinking your teeth into the issue of breeding mills, we love passionate folks. Take our Pledge  to never purchase an animal from a retail store, then download our Advocacy Digital Toolkit.  The more awareness you can help us spread, the more likely we’ll achieve our goal of ending the retail sale of animals for good!


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    It seems obvious to state but animals are living, breathing beings. Which means, they require the same necessities of life that their human best friends require: food, shelter, love, health. Still, thousands of animals are surrendered to rescue organizations every year in Canada because the people who bought them were ill-prepared to care for them.

    Although some animals are surrendered due to real, unforeseen, and uncontrollable circumstances, like the death of an owner, a child developing a severe allergy, or severe behavioural issues, most surrenders are paired with outrageous and downright heartbreaking excuses.

    These are a few that we’ve heard recently:

    • “I didn’t realize he was going to get so big. His collar is too small.”
    • “The cat is a freeloader. It just sleeps all day.”
    • “We have a white couch and the cat’s black hair sticks to it.”
    • “I didn’t know how much work it would be. It’s a lot of work.”
    • “She’s afraid to get in the car. It’s annoying.”
    • “We’re retiring and the cat doesn’t match our lifestyle any more.”
    • “My new girlfriend doesn’t like the dog.”
    • “The old dog doesn’t get along with the new dog. So can you take the old dog?”
    • “We’re replacing the floor in the house and we don’t want the new floor to get scratched.”
    • “We just landscaped the backyard and we don’t want the dog to ruin the grass.”
    • “It was a gift for our son but he’s bored of it.”
    • “The puppy doesn’t answer to his name.”
    • “This dog follows me everywhere. I can’t stand it following me all the time.”

    Pets are hard work. And they’re NOT disposable.

    Pets take time. They cost money. They can be messy. They can be stinky. They can be playful and adorable. They make mistakes. They impress. And they are loyal to the very last beats of their hearts to those who give them love. Owning a pet can be (and is) one of life’s most enriching experiences. That said, you have to be ready, selfless, and committed. Owning a pet is a long-term commitment.

    Help us keep animals out of shelters. Donate to support the Pets Are Not Products campaign to end the retail sale of animals. And, if you or anyone you know is thinking of buying an animal, please ask yourself Is this best for the animal?—then consider these 10 things.

    Why we care: Meet our Founder & Executive Director Kathy Powelson

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    Kathy Powelson is the founder and executive director of Paws for Hope Animal Foundation. Her vision six years ago was to create an entity that would act as an umbrella organization to existing agencies and groups working so hard to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome animals, and educate and advocate on behalf of animals in British Columbia. With a background in the social services sector and community development, Kathy was well positioned to create the framework to begin this work and is very proud of the achievements made to date.

    I believe strongly in the power of community and, in order to do effective and sustainable work, you must work directly in the community” she says. “There’s a lot of amazing work being done on behalf of animals, but it’s often piecemeal and most often groups are only able to respond to crises.

    As such, Kathy works hard to find ways to help support the animal-welfare community through events that include keynote speakers and workshops that address things like capacity building (including a recent grant-writing workshop). She is also very excited about the development of Paws for Hope’s Animal Welfare Advisory Network, the purpose of which is to enable organizations throughout B.C. to work together to fund and implement regional and/or provincial strategies to address challenges associated with pet abandonment, abuse and overpopulation. Much of this work will be possible thanks to multi year funding from the Vancouver Foundation.

    This holiday season, Kathy would like to thank our sponsors for their assistance in furthering Paws for Hope’s vision. Our organization relies on gifts from generous donors like yourself to continue its work. As a registered charity, every donation made to Paws for Hope will receive a tax receipt. Please consider making a donation today.